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Judge approves sentence for maker of Depakote

Federal and state government lawyers are trumpeting the formal resolution of a $1.6-billion case against pharmaceutical giant Abbott Laboratories Inc. for off-label marketing of its anti-seizure drug Depakote. A federal judge in Abingdon approved a criminal sentence for Abbott today. ...

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Judge rejects challenge to use of lethal injection (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court judge has tossed out a lawsuit challenging lethal injection in Virginia. The lawsuit by Alexandria lawyers Meghan Shapiro and Christopher Leibig claimed that executioners who inject condemned inmates with lethal doses of drugs are illegally practicing ...

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Arlington pioneer Betty Thompson dies at age 88 (access required)

Arlington family lawyer Betty A. Thompson, a mentor for many and a tireless advocate for legal reform, died Sept. 24 at the age of 88. McLean lawyer Joseph A. Condo, another leading divorce lawyer, confirmed Ms. Thompson’s death last week. ...

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Lawyers paying non-lawyer colleagues (access required)

Ethics experts and the lawyers they counsel have engaged in a long-running debate about how lawyers can compensate their non-lawyer colleagues. It’s been a contentious issue and a recent decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court highlights the continuing controversy. The ...

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Accused Navy vets scammer is former lawyer

The man known as “Bobby Thompson” is a former lawyer with degrees from the University of Virginia and Harvard, federal officials say. U.S. Marshals say “Thompson” is really John D. Cody, an Army veteran and former Arizona lawyer wanted since ...

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Jury award upheld for breast cancer ‘delayed diagnosis’

A woman’s emotional distress over delayed diagnosis of her breast cancer supported a jury award of $2.65 million, a Fairfax Circuit Court has ruled. A radiologist conceded she had failed to spot the cancer on the woman’s mammogram. During the ...

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